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Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  50 responses

Clippers to Baron Davis: You’re Out of Shape

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Vinny Del Negro’s first order of business, as the coach of the star-crossed Clippers, was to inform the world that he’s unhappy with his point guard’s shape and conditioning. Vinny’s apparently not the type to ease into things.

There were rumors this summer that Baron Davis’ weight had ballooned out of control (some had him listed at an incredible 260 pounds). Del Negro wouldn’t go that far, but he did not mince words when addressing the local media about Baron’s conditioning — or lack thereof.

From the LA Times:

The candor was almost startling on Monday at media day. New Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro wasn’t even five minutes into his first session with reporters when he expressed concern about the shape of veteran point guard Baron Davis. So, how far off is Davis?

“Percentage-wise, I’d be guessing,” Del Negro said. “He’s put in a lot of work in the last month or so. He started a little bit later probably than he needed to. He’s in pretty good shape right now, but he’s not where he needs to be. He knows that. Obviously, you want everybody in perfect condition. You have to come in training camp in shape. And the job in training camp is to get into better shape.”

As the article points out, this was a premeditated act on behalf of the organization; Vinny Del Negro was simply the messenger, whose job was to let Davis — the team’s highest paid player — know that no one is happy with where he is physically.

The press in LA claims this represents a change in culture for the Clippers, one in which all players will be held accountable. That remains to be seen, of course.

Each year, we hear that things will be better in Clipper-land; the problem is in that ever actually coming true.

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  • EJ

    260 hahaha I’d like to see a point who’s like 6’2 and 260.

  • MikeC.

    Hmmmm. Baron Davis struggles with conditioning and injuries for his whole career except for two seasons where he gets into amazing shape for a contract push, signs a big contract, then struggles with conditioning and injuries. I’m thoroughly astounded, shocked and surprised. And hurt.

  • Hussman25

    GOD DAMNIT BARON!!! FOCUS MAN! I understand you want to become a heavyweight (excuse the pun) in the film industry, but you are a NBA ball player first! This is unacceptabl;e if true and coming into shape @ 260. I hope Bledsoe pushes you this TC and bring you down to reality…. You cant change the world (or the clippers organization) if you cant change yourself! Signed, A fustrated Clippers fan!

  • MikeC.

    And hungry.

  • Anthony

    And sad.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Unlike Chuck Norris who has another fist under his beard, Baron Davis has multiple chins under his.

  • ManofGod131

    Baron needs to get it together. This team has the potential to make the playoffs if everyone stays healthy. Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Aminu, Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman. That starting lineup is good enough to be an 8 seed. Get in shape Baron.

  • J.C.

    deja vu

  • JoeMaMa

    Baron Davis is so fat that he irons his underwear on the driveway. Yes…JoeMaMa came with a yo momma/Diddy joke. And it hurt to do that…I love his game. You just shouldn’t eat butter and margarine as a pre-snack snack.

  • T-Money

    Baron Davis has as much talent as any point guard in the NBA. But what does he have to show for it? 2 all-star games, 1 All-NBA 3rd team, a couple of trips to the second round… Lame!

  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    Baron isn’t hardly worried about what the Clippers have to say. He’s a big time movie director now !

  • http://Slamonline.com Cmonpeoples

    But coach isn’t round a shape?

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Too bad. I really want to see an exciting, healthy season from Baron – Not an exciting buffet show down with Eddy Curry.

  • The Philosopher

    Many people would be overweight if they were as rich as Baron Davis.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I’m overweight and I’m not rich^^

  • t-sizzle

    it’s not just food that packs on weight. alcohol, beer, women, lying around all day, all that stuff packs on weight, especially with the metabolism that some people seem to have. he needs to be more active and move around more

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    ^^women pack on weight?^^ Not sure what you mean by that.

  • Nick the Quick

    How come other teams dont get this blunt with some of their more portly players and just come straight out and say that player so-and-so is fat and needs to lose a few pounds. Edddy Curry, Boris Diaw, ….TayTay..

  • the downtown brown clown

    then if that’s the case dirty frank… you’re screwed… hahahaha! ;P

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    It’s okay, if he gets tired there’s always Bledsoe…

  • Fat Lever

    T-sizzle with a medical breakthrough. Not only does food pack on weight, but also being lazy. We need to spread this news to the masses!

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    Pot calling the kettle? The Clippers are in not such a good shape themselves. Joke of a team.

  • ClydeSays

    Hey Vinny, we understand. But is this really how you want to deal with this? Baron doesn’t strike me as a dude who takes public criticism well…. Just sayin…

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    And sorry

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    B Diddy has so much potential. Should have stayed in Golden State.

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    To be clear, this means GAME SHAPE. They have been scrimmaging for almost a month now at the practice facility. Baron is probably around 220 when he should be down to 205-210. Yes, he needs to lose some more lbs but this is talking about game shape. BUT, Blake Griffin looks like he is in better physical condition than from training camp last year. He is much more flexible and has dropped his body fat%. Hide your DJ MBengas Blake Griffin is coming

  • unrel

    @LDR4.. you’re stupid with the chuck norris ref.. hahaha

  • doyouwantmore

    Mike C right on point

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Finally, something me and Baron Davis have in common.

  • Big E

    Baron Davis won’t respect Del Negro anyways.

  • All Day

    Hopefully, Baron Davis hasn’t turned into Chris Childs!

  • JTaylor21

    That beard accounts for 20 pounds alone.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Hes in really good shape, not great game shape. Cosign about baron proly not cool with being called out on first day by new coach. With the exception of a couple seasons, baron has always played on garbage teams, very sad. Hey, anyone remember 04 , when baron was a serious mvp candidate for the first half of the season before the team fell apart?

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Always a good start when your leader shows up out of shape.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Del Negro wants to talk about holding people accountable….del negro, please!!

  • http://dsfkjlf.com Jukai

    Anton: That and Steve Nash is constantly touching your ass.

  • PapaBearATL

    In shape and pro-level game shape are not the same. Some guys play year round on various leagues and come in with their bodies fatigued, some don’t do anything and progessively get into shape throughout the course of the season, the elite find that median where they stay at a competetive level throughout. And some only care during contract season’s Baron says: Can I haz cheezeborger…

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Jukai: our safe word is “defense”

  • bnets

    BAron ur fat u cant play, put that in your bloq

  • Ronson

    The story of his career since he left Charlotte. Talent wise best pg in the league, but only showed flashes of what he was capable of.

  • str8 from samoa

    WHEN THE SEASON STARTS AND ITS TIME FO GAME TIME, DAVIS IS ALWAYS ON POINT. DONT LET THE WEIGHT FOOL YA. HE STILL GOT GAME!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Anton is a beast. Lol.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Oh wow, Anton’s safeword crack was faaaantastic.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    haha @ Anton’s 6:01

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Boom Dizzle has crossed over into the Clipper Zone.

  • RedRum

    I really don’t care about players like him. It is obvious that he is not a competitor, why would someone do that to himself if he just plainly did not care? OK, he won’t be winning a ring with the Clips, or even making it to the playoffs, but come on dude…

  • Seven Duece

    ….and water is wet.

  • eddieo

    $10 talent with a ten-cent head. Of course he’s on the Clippers.

  • Russell_fan

    Baron’s and Elton Brand’s contracts were complete disasters, their teams have some great young talent but they need to get rid of these… albatrosses

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